First posted on Facebook, December 28th 2016
Happy Birthday to Frank Mclintock who will turn 77 today. Frank gained 9 caps in total but was never really given a great run in the team at any point. His first few caps came as a Leicester City player making his debut in the summer of 63 coming as a late sub for Dave Mackay. Unfortunately, Scotland lost two late goals in those final twelve minutes to lose 4-3 to a mostly amateur side of Norway. It did prompt a newspaper report to claim he was not International class. Frank in his excellent autobiography “True Grit” lambasted the press of the time, writing, “The majority of the press had disappeared so far up the Old Firm’s arse that they could never be objective about English based players and the Scottish Football Association (SFA) often treated us like the shit on their shoes.”
Frank did score in his third International a week or so later in that thrilling 6-2 victory over Spain at the Bernabeu.
A late flurry of caps came in the 1971 Home International series. Frank in reflection said he should never really have taken part as it followed the end of Arsenal double winning season and he was exhausted.
Happy Birthday Frank and all the best.
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